Clinician Demand Drives Mobility Shift to Smartphones and Tablets
We recently teamed up with Fierce Healthcare to find out what health IT professionals had to say about the industry’s mobility shift towards tablets and smartphones. Due to rapid advances in the speed and reliability of mobile devices and an increasingly technology-friendly workforce, mobility in the healthcare industry is at an all-time high. In our survey alone, 79% of respondents say tablets and smartphones are crucial to the success of their mobile deployments. Insight from our survey revealed a valuable look at mobile device use in the healthcare industry and more importantly, its two main challenges: connectivity and security.
Mobile Devices Bring Connectivity Challenges
Tablets and smartphones allow healthcare organizations to easily access patient records and resources, but to unlock the true potential of a mobile deployment, persistent connectivity is a fundamental necessity. Mobile deployments that suffer from poor wireless connectivity, can frustrate end users and may erode any gains made by deploying the devices in the first place. Stephen Stewart, Chief Information Officer at Henry County Health System, said that his organization spent close to $250,000 to ensure strong signal presence throughout the facility. “It’s worth the investment,” says Stewart. With 93% of respondents indicating that their mobile deployments were crucial to their day-to-day operations, Stewart makes a valuable point.
Security is the #1 Concern among Health IT Professionals
The single biggest risk to using wireless technology is maintaining secure data. 50% of respondents said that data security is their top concern and an additional 24% ranked it as their second biggest concern. When dealing with sensitive patient records and resources, organizations need to ensure that patient files are safe and secure inside their network. Lack of security puts patient data at risk and can lead to costly HIPAA violations.